Managing Your Play

Budgeting Money

Keeping gambling fun and safe can mean gambling only with the money you can afford to lose.

Once you have a budget in place, here are a few suggestions that may help you stick to it while gambling.

  • Only take cash with you to the casino. With your cards stashed at home, you won't be tempted to spend more than you budgeted for.
  • Going "over budget" happens sometimes. Try to stay flexible and update your budget regularly to reflect actual spending

Budgeting Time

Gambling is a form of entertainment, and like other entertainment offerings, it can provide an escape from the realities of everyday life. But whereas a movie has a definitive end, gambling can be available 24/7. It's up to you to determine how much time you can afford to spend gambling, and to stick to your time limit

Here are some practical tips:

  • Use your phone - Smart phones often have timers on them. Set the timer and take a break when the buzzer goes off. You can stretch your legs for a few minutes, have a coffee or a bite to eat, or head home.
  • Ask a friend to call you at a certain time. When the phone rings, you know someone is expecting to talk to you, not your voicemail.